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Project by stanleywc posted 2504 days ago 4838 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new torsion box assembly bench. I used the”Wood Whisperer’s” design for the top and the bottom is basic rails and legs joined with mortise and tenons. It is trimmed in red oak and the finish is two coats of water based poly with a coat of wax.

-- Stan, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 2504 days ago

I say the same podcast and thought I would like to tackle this table as well. Great looking table.

Canadian Wood Chuck

-- Canadian Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#2 posted 2504 days ago

Yup, it’s a good design and should provide a stable and flat assembly surface for years…nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 2504 days ago

Hey Stan, I like this design but I don’t understand what the advantages to using a torsion box are. I’m currently using two sheets of floor grade 3/4” ply glued together to make a 1 1/2” thick benchtop. It’s smooth and I can beat it up. At this time I have plans to add a sheet of 1/4” hardboard to smooth it out more but favor it’s use as both a portable assembly table and workbench.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 2504 days ago

looks nice, I like it.
I could also use one in my basement, care to make another?!!

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#5 posted 2504 days ago

Great work, and a nice looking shop to work in.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#6 posted 2504 days ago

Great looking assembly table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2504 days ago

looks like it will work for years and years. Good work

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Greg Mitchell

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#8 posted 2504 days ago

Nice job on the assembly table Stan. I have been looking forward to making one of those myself.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#9 posted 2504 days ago

This is a wonderful bench. I wish I had one in my shop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 2504 days ago

You’re going to love that torsion box assembly table. I built one a few years back and WOW how did I ever do without it. I used melamine for my replaceable top and for the base I borrowed from Norm’s New Yankee drop down mobile table.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#11 posted 2503 days ago

Stan - A great addition to your workshop – TB’s certainly make a huge difference. I made one a few months back – it has increased mu productivety no end. ( )

DADOO: The advantage of the TB is 2-fold. 1 It gives you a perfectly flat surface at all times. 2. it is a lot lighter than 1 1/2” of ply wood.

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#12 posted 2359 days ago

Lovely, but why didn’t you make two and call me? Hmmmmm…..


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 2347 days ago

I just finished one about the same size, 4 ’ X 3’ with half inch ply sandwitching the core, which is on 5 inch centers. Love it already. I like your idea of using a replacable top though, and since I have’nt added a hardwood edging yet, I think I will make the edging 1/8” wider so I can add the replacable top.

The torsion box is great and it gives me one more surface to clutter up!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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